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Okra Growing Advice And Tips

Don't know alot about okra. But have 4 plants to try growing. Any help or advice? Any recipes for when the okra is ripe. Thanks to someone who sent me 1 from Hawaii.

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jerry6593 -- I AM a Texan. I'm sure Jesus would have been one too, IF He could have gotten here. Maybe it's just that "y'all" doesn't translate well from Aramaic or Greek.
---Donna66 on 9/26/09


Donna: "(I do know Jesus wasn't a Texan, y'all)."

You'd best not say that when in Texas.
---jerry6593 on 9/26/09


Donna, I don't doubt it for a minute!
---mugwump on 9/22/09


Mugwump - I'd hoped that you would see my attempt at humor in my reply back to you. (I do know Jesus wasn't a Texan, y'all). Some people believe we should eat only what what was the diet before the flood.
I'll bet if Jesus had had a chance to eat okra cooked RIGHT, he'd have liked it jus' fine.
---Donna66 on 9/22/09


Donna, my post was an attempt at humor, but I keep forgetting that almost everyone here on these blogs is usually dead serious about everything.
---mugwump on 9/22/09




mugwump -- It's not mentioned anywhere in the Old Testament. Jesus never said "Go therefore and eat it, y'all". So surely, eating it must be sinful! :) Oh, what a sinner I am.
---Donna66 on 9/22/09


I find nothing in the Bible specifically permitting people to eat okra...
---mugwump on 9/22/09


mima: You are correct about asparagus.
---jerry6593 on 9/22/09


Reading about Okar reminds me of what I recently heard and then read about asparagus. From what little research I did on the Internet about it apparently they're having miraculous results feeding asparagus made into a puree to cancer patients. You can did this information by typing asparagus and cancer in your search window.
---mima on 9/20/09


I love okra. I grow it both spring and fall (I live in Orlando, Florida). I plant it more like 12 inches apart - seems to produce more. It's good a a side dish stewed with tomatoes, or (my favorite) breaded, seasoned and fried. Don't let the new pods get more than 2-3 days old as it gets too hard to eat.
---jerry6593 on 9/19/09




Alan: "Waht on earthh is ocra?"

Isn't that a killer whale?
---jerry6593 on 9/19/09


Friend.You are on the wrong blog site. Okra has nothing to do with spiritual things. You would better to find a site that discusses food,baking and things of that nature.
But I will say this: I made okra/tomatoes as a side dish, for dinner last night. With baked chicken/corn bread. I do live in the South. Turned out great. Blessings
---Robyn on 9/18/09


I have grown Okra for years. It is a staple in the south and easy to freeze/pickle for the off season. Just plant 6-8 inches apart and about an inch deep. Once Okra starts producing cut the Okra about the size of your thumb. Will produce about every two to three days. Don't let it get to big or the Okra will be too tough. Okra will grow well into the fall or until frost gets them. As to height of the plants. They do grow tall. I cut all lower leafs to make the plants grow to about 5-6 feet tall. This makes them easier to cut (no bending) and also they are not as bushy as the leaves do tend to make your hands itch.
---Richard on 9/15/09


Personally I don't care for okra, except mixed with other things in vegetable soup. Try taking this question to the 'Recipe blog'. :)
---Rosa on 7/25/08


Okra growing tips: I grow mine 18 inches to 2 feet apart. I get bigger yields on multiple stems, and the plants don't get as tall. Crowded plants usually just make one upright stem you need a ladder to pick toward the end of the season. I also only choose Red Burgundy okra--does not sting, pods get large without being tough, and taste is great. I cut mine wearing shorts-try doing that with other varieties! Have planted over a dozen diff varieties, Red Burgundy if you can find it is best.
---Michael on 5/15/07


I love okra and it is very hard to get in El Paso, Tx. I wash okra-cut in small pieces-
I use a little flour and cornmeal put in baggie and shake. Have you cooking oil hot then after okra is place in cooking let cook
turn fire down and keep turning until crisp.
We love it at our house-Sometimes you can find it frozen at Sam's It is good also if you like it frozen.

I am a good Okie that love's okra.

Thanks.
Helen
---Helen on 6/11/05


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Waht on earthh is ocra?

Please forgive my dyslexic fingers. I am fed up with correcting them ... I will leave them to theri errant ways!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/10/05


3 out of 4 plants struggled and died.
So tonight I opened a can of okra and can try all the recipes.
Thanks for everything and anyone else who wants to send a recipe I will keep it and try with the supper market ones.
I really was looking forward to 6 foot plants. It would cover a wooden fence.
Oh wellllllllllllllllllllllll. Thanks
---barbara67 on 6/1/05


The information on how long it takes to harvest okra is somewhat misleading. Okra will continue to produce as long as you cut off the okra pods before they mature. I like tender young okra ... no more than about four inches long, but three inches is better. I once grew four rows, 25 feet long with about 8 plants per row and was able to harvest about twice weekly for the entire summer. Slice fresh okra and place in plastic bags in the freezer if you don't have enough in one picking for a meal.
---Gus on 5/30/05


Louisiana Pickled Okra (it's good).

2 lbs. fresh young okra
10 cloves garlic, peeled
5 hot red peppers
4 cups distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
6 tbls salt
2 bay leaves
1 tbl celery seeds
1 tea white peppercorns

1) Wash okra and pack into sterized 1/2 pnt jars. Put two garlic cloves and 1 red pepper in each jar.
2) Bring remaining ingredients to a boil and pour over okra. Seal. Process 5 mins.
3) Let stand at least one mnth before using (5 1/2 pints).
---Greg on 5/30/05


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Okra is wonderful !
Try it cut in one inch pieces and cooked with tomatoe and onion, just til tender.
You can also cut it in smaller pieces , spray a heavy skillet with Pam,on medium to low heat and keep stirring until tender.
No slime.
Hope you like it.
Thelma Lou
---Thelma on 5/26/05


Am glad to see this vegetable coming to the Blog...we don't take extra attention or care in planting it primarily because we are in the tropics and we have sun the whole year round.As long as the seeds are covered with soil,with the rain or little water,it grows.
In cooking,just boil water, drop the okra fruit,wait around 3 min,remove from heat. Dip it to soy sauce with a little vinegar.
---linda6546 on 5/25/05


Okra is a popular southern vegetable, so as you can imagine, it likes midsummer heat! It does well in just about any soil condition, as long as there is good drainage. Okra grows big, with plants up to six feet.
---Sherr on 5/24/05


Planting Okra
Sow okra seeds 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches apart in rows that are 30 to 48 inches apart. Thin the plants so that they are 12 to 18 inches apart. Sow seeds after the danger of frost has passed in the spring, or in the early summer. You can harvest okra when the pods are about 2 to 4 inches long. Wear gloves, because they can be kind of prickly.

Days to harvest: 55 to 65 days
Days to germinate: 4 to 14
---Sherr on 5/24/05


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Okra is easy to grow,likes sun.When ripe,cut in slices,cover with bread crumbs and fry or cut in bite size,add can of tomatoes,oinion and carrots and simmer til tender.
---Gert on 5/24/05


I don't know much about how to grow okra, but I do know that fried okra is really good.
Stewed okra is really good, too. For the fried okra you dip it in a little flour and fry.
---Amanda on 5/24/05


people here in Ga grow okra every year. It is a staple around here. Give it sun and water--lots of it. When it matures, you must get it in everyday. If you skip a day, the pods will be hard. test it with your fingernail. it should be very tender. To cook it, cut it cross the grain, salt and pepper it, put it in corn meal and fry to golden brown. Hmmmmmm so good. My mother in law would just cook it without corn meal, but my way was better. LOL
---shira_5965 on 5/24/05


Orka loves growing in warm weather. I just planted mine straight in the ground in a row in my small garden. Don't let the okra grow too big or it will be tough. I keep a check on mine and cut it off before it gets too big. Gumbo is a good dish for okra. We like ours rolled in yellow corn meal and fried(not so healthly for the heart)-guess I'll try baking okra this year. Okra also is good cut up, add alittle water, tomatoes and onion and cook on the stove.
---Becca on 5/24/05


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Don't know about growing okra but you could go to the Food Network's site and do a recipe search. Have you tried typing in "How to Grow Okra" on your search engine? I'm sure alot would pop up.
---Katie on 5/24/05


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